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Giant game of Pong to be played

A 29-story tower in Philadelphia will be transformed into a giant game of Pong, with the classic Atari video game recreated with hundreds of LED lights.

Pong will be projected on to the Cira Centre in Philadelphia, with gamers playing from across the Schuylkill River.
Pong will be projected on to the Cira Centre in Philadelphia, with gamers playing from across the Schuylkill River.

If you thought your console to projector set-up was pretty impressive, take note of what's happening in Philadelphia on April 19 and 24.

The facade of the 29-storey Cira Centre is scheduled to be transformed into a giant game of Pong, with the classic Atari video game recreated with hundreds of LED lights.

As part of Philly Tech Week, gamers will use table-mounted joysticks from a site across the Schuylkill River, with about 150 expected to play.

"My biggest fear is that I'm going to play against some 8-year-old who will destroy me," said one competitor. That's assuming the 8-year-olds aren't too busy playing Angry Birds on their iPhones.

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